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07-13-2006 Citv o f Las Cruces P E O P L E N E L P I N C P E O P L E AIRPORT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING City of Las Cruces,New Mexico July 13,2006 Members Present: Randy Ranels, Dyne Buckley, Bill Squires, Joe Beck, Larry La Beau, Pete Brandon, Leon Billstone Others Present: Lisa Murphy, Airport Manager; Susan Pfeiffer, Recording Secretary; Don Taylor, visitor; Bill Stein, Tenant; Bill Madden, WAM, Inc.; Ted Morris, visitor; Gene Kennon, visitor; Ben Brandon, pilot; Ross Palmer, pilot; Don Griffin, NMSU/PSL; Hal Kading, Southwest Aviation; Thomas Ferguson, visitor. Chair Randy Ranels called the meeting to order at 12:05 p.m. in the Airport Conference Room, and a quorum was noted. MINUTES: The first order of business was to approve the minutes of the June 8, 2006 Board meeting. Mr. Squires moved, seconded by Mr. Brandon, to approve the minutes as submitted; motion carried unanimously. ANNOUNCEMENTS: None. UNFINISHED BUSINESS: None. REPORTS: Airport Manager's Report: Mrs. Murphy's report is included as a part of the Minutes. In addition to the written report, the following items were mentioned. Mrs. Murphy stated that bids opened on the ARFF Vehicle today, and the bid was awarded to Rosenbauer General Safety Equipment out of Minnesota in the amount of$625,125. Regarding the International Building code on hangar fire walls, Mr. Morris suggested getting the New Mexico Airport Managers Association to take on the project of getting our State Legislators to change the code. Mrs. Murphy reported that the X PRIZE Team summit is being held here in town today to discuss the various things they need. She stated that the FAA out of Washington, D.C., and Fort AIRPORT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES—JULY 13,2006 Page 2 Worth, TX, will be coming to Las Cruces to meet with City staff to let them know what the City's responsibility is as the Airport Sponsor for the event. Mr. Billstone agreed with Mrs. Murphy that the City needs to adopt the new County Zoning Ordinance to protect the Airport. Mr. Madden asked how close we were to the needed 500 operations by the type of aircraft that require a longer runway before the FAA would consider extending one of our runways. Mrs. Murphy stated that she did not think that we were anywhere near to the 500 operations a year. She said that we need letters from Charter organizations that they would use the Las Cruces Airport if we had a longer runway. Mrs. Murphy said that she has asked the State Aviation Division to bring their aircraft traffic counters down for a month to help us determine the number of operations we have. She stated that we will need accurate figures to help us justify the FAA participating in the operation of a tower at our airport. Councillor Jones stated that the Model Airplane Club is looking for a new location to fly their airplanes, and asked if it would be possible to fly them at the airport, and asked for the Board's recommendation. Mrs. Murphy stated that it would be dangerous to operate them at the airport because they could accidentally damage aircraft if they were flown into them. She said that the FAA highly discourages the activity, but allows Cities to decide for themselves. Mrs. Murphy said that she would not allow them to fly at our airport and the Board agreed. Councillor Jones stated that the Club is looking at other options and locations where they can operate. Committee Reports: Feasibility Study of Runway Extension of 8/26 — 12/30: Mr. Ranels said that it was his opinion that we are already behind the curve if we are going to try to extend Runway 8-26 based on the report given by the committee for Runway 12-30. Mr. Buckley, chair for the 8-26 Committee, stated that the committee met several times and that both Mr. Billstone and Mr. La Beau did a lot of research with information off the internet. He said that after considering the options available their recommendation is to extend Runway 8-26 by 3,000 feet for a total runway length of 9,073 feet. Mr. Buckley then reviewed the information found in their study, and Mr. La Beau reported on how he used an FAA website program to model a solution for extending 8-26 to be used by specific aircraft categories. Mr. Billstone stated that they did look at the Master Plan which states that Runway 12-30 is the preferred runway for extension and that they agreed with the Master Plan. He said that the problem with extending Runway 12-30 is that it would have to be reconstructed, because of its deterioration which was referenced in the Part 139 Inspection Report, before it could be extended, and that the power lines would be in the way. Following the committee's report there was a general discussion on the issue in which was pointed out that wind conditions favor extending Runway 8-26; pilots prefer that runway; and the power lines would not be a problem. It was mentioned that Senator Domenici requested funds in the amount of$6.1 million to lengthen and widen Runway 12-30. If we get those allocated funds changed over to Runway 8-26 we would have to update the Airport Layout Plan (ALP) before the FAA would agree to extending Runway 8-26. Mrs. Murphy stated that updating the ALP AIRPORT ADVISORY BOARD MEETING MINUTES—JULY 13,2006 Page 3 could be done as part of our Action Plan, and Molzen-Corbin and Associates have been contracted to do that project. West End Infrastructure: The committee passed out copies of a possible layout plan for hangar development of the west end of the airport. NEW BUSINESS: None DISCUSSION ITEMS: None. PUBLIC COMMENT: Mr. Kading of Southwest Aviation stated that the lighting in the FBO areas is not very good and needs to be improved. He asked if the ramp lighting could be included in the Action Plan so that we could possibly apply for funding to help pay for it. Mr. Billstone stated the fencing and water line needs to be fixed along the west end of Zia Blvd. Mrs. Murphy said that when Adventure Aviation ties into the new water lines they will repair the fence. Councillor Jones mentioned that he has heard about a California company that is interested in buying all of the land in the West Mesa Industrial Park and some land along Interstate 10 for development. He said that he has also heard talk about a possible Fire and Police training facility to be built in the Industrial Park, and thought that it would benefit the Airport and Industrial Park. Councillor Jones stated that the Fire Department was not highly in favor of it at this time because of the distance away from town. Mr. Kading stated that the Industrial Park needs to have a Master Plan because planning seems to be disjointed. Mr. Ted Morris said that the City needs transportation or affordable housing by the Industrial Park if it is ever going to develop. Mrs. Murphy said that the Army Corp of Engineers is doing the design for extending the sewer lines to this side of the highway, and that would also help in the development of the Industrial Park. With no further business to conduct, it was moved, seconded, and passed to adjourn the meeting at 1:55 PM. Chair Recordingre Airport Manager's Report July 13,2006 2006/07 Airport Improvement Projects: Staff will be taking Resolutions to Council to award the Navigational Aid Upgrade project and the ARFF vehicle bids early in August. The Navigational Aid project low bidder was Bixby Electric of Albuquerque. ARFF bids open on July 13. Part 139 Inspection: Our annual Part 139 inspection was conducted by Certification Inspector Bill Mitchell on June 15-16. The only deficiencies found were related to runway and taxiway striping and fueling agent compliance. Copies of Mr. Mitchell's letter will be provided to the Board. Compass Rose: FAA Inspector Bill Mitchell is requiring intermediate striping on the run-up pad so an alternate location for the compass rose may be needed. Once the striping plan is finalized I will be able to determine if we can leave it where it is planned to go. Signage: The airport business sign has been ordered. EEI Signs indicates that it will be complete no later than the end of August. It should be a quality product. KRWG Tower: Airport staff spoke with KRWG Chief Engineer Bill Saggerson, who indicated that the tower is still in use: it provides microwave links to four other stations as well as broadcasting for KRWG-FM. Hence, there are no plans to remove this tower. West End Infrastructure: The contractor, Morrow Enterprises, has temporarily left the job because they were ahead of schedule. They will return in two of weeks to finish up the work. The PSL hangar bids came in over budget so NMSU is looking for other ways to get the hangar constructed. New Mexico Aviation Conference: The New Mexico Aviation conference was most enjoyable. Highlights were a speech by Tuskegee Airman Robert Lawrence on his experiences during WWII and a presentation by Transportation Secretary Rhonda Faught. A summary of issues and information of interest to the Board will be provided. X Prize: Airport staff has held some preliminary meetings with X Prize staff regarding their 2006 event, which will be here at the airport on October 20-21. I still do not have a finalized event plan or layout. I am also working with FAA to ensure compliance with Part 139 regulations during the event. Airport Clean-Up: The large dumpsters that were placed out for the convenience of airport tenants have been such a success that I extended the time they were out. Codes Enforcement will conduct code sweeps once the dumpsters are removed. Rocket Racing League: We are still waiting for them to sign their lease and pay their first year's rent. Christine Ochs of Community Development is their primary contact. 1 Airport Emergency Plan: The Airport Emergency Plan was submitted to the FAA before the due date. We are still waiting on a response, which will most certainly involve revisions and edits. Relocation of Fuel Farm: Airport staff spoke with Joe Godwin of the New Mexico Environment Department to determine what the requirements would be to relocate the fuel farm. Apparently, moving the fuel farm will trigger required compliance with 2011 environmental standards which are much more stringent than the current 2004 standards we are under now. Staff has not obtained an estimate on the cost of relocating the fuel farm, but it is believed that it would be substantial. Earmarking of Hangar Taxes: According to Zane Clayshulte of the Dona Ana County Tax Assessor's Office, taxes on airport improvements are assessed on the hangar only, not on the land it sits on. From these taxes, a portion goes to the public schools, a portion goes to the County, a portion goes to the State, and a small portion goes to the City. The city's part of the taxes comes in a lump sum and is not broken down by parcel, so it is difficult to know exactly how much of that is coming from airport improvements. For example, on a$90,000 hangar, taxes are assessed on 1/3 of that, or $30,000, and out of that .00683 goes to the city, so the City would get $205. Considering the relatively small amount the City is receiving in Airport-specific property taxes (Mr. Clayshulte estimated $4,000 per year), and the large amount the City is currently contributing to operate the airport, it is probably not worth trying to work with the various agencies involved(Tax Assessor, Treasurer, Finance)to ensure that these specific funds are earmarked exclusively for the airport. Metering of 8960 Zia Boulevard: I spoke with Building Services Manager Alma Lerma about his issue and this was her response: "In order to provide separate metering service to a tenant in a building being used as a multi-tenant building, the major portion of the existing electrical wiring must be removed and new wiring installed. There will have to be separate meters and new feeders installed to serve the separate distribution panels inside the building in order to provide the separation of electrical service. The HVAC system will also need to be re-wired and duct work rerouted in order to maintain the separation desired by the customer as the HVAC system overlaps in certain parts of the building. Also, in order to accomplish this there maybe other needs such as breaking into walls, moving walls, installing new walls and cutting concrete to maintain all the electrical and duct work hidden as it now exist. This will be a very expensive and disruptive process". Hangar Fire Walls: The New Mexico Construction Industries Division remains the permitting agency for any new construction at the airport and they continue to enforce the 2-hour rated fire wall provision of the International Building Code. Any future construction on the airport will be required to comply. 2 High Speed Wireless Service: I have confirmed with City Information Technology Director Patrick Hale that there are currently no plans to install high speed wireless Internet service to the airport. There are plans to improve network connections for airport staff, but these improvements would be for City staff use only. Air Traffic Control Tower: According to a new FAA policy, airports with costibenefit ratios of less than 1.0 will no longer be accepted into the federal contract tower program, which provides a share of control tower operational costs. This will mean that the City will be responsible for all tower operational expenses, at least until our cost benefit ratio is above 1.0. However, FAA has urged us to continue with the siting study and tower design. UAV Operations: The UAV operations have returned from Stallion Field. They are keeping Airport management apprised of their operations schedule via weekly e-mail. Airport Action Plan: The State obtained funding for airports across the state to do airport action plans, which are essentially abbreviated versions of a master plan. Molzen- Corbin and Associates will be doing the action plan for LRU. It will include an update of the Airport Layout Plan, a forecast of aviation demands, facility requirements, a five-year CIP and a financial plan. Work on the action plan will commence in early fall. A specific runway extension study would be separate and would require additional funds. Runway Extension Study: According to my discussions with FAA, in order for them to support an extension of either runway(8-26 or 12-30), we will have to provide documentation that we have the demand for at least 500 operations a year of aircraft that require a longer runway. Without this, it is extremely unlikely that FAA would pay for it. Preliminary estimates from airport consultants to do a runway extension study, looking at the various options, are in the range of$30,000. Airport Zoning: The ETZ has adopted an excellent zoning ordinance that requires disclosure and an avigation easement for properties in the vicinity of the airport. Because there was a recent zoning case on Box Canyon Road adjacent to airport property that was not provided to airport management for review until late in the process, airport staff would like the City to adopt a similar ordinance. A new Community Development director, Dave Weir, will start work in the next month or so, and I plan to approach him with this matter once he has time to settle in. CAP Hangar: The State legislature appropriated $150K to design and construct a new Civil Air Patrol hangar. At this point, I don't have any information other than that. 3